Special build is debolex
The Buell XB9 isnõt the first bike that springs to mind when you think of a base for a custom bike, but for debolex Engineering it presented the opportunity to do something a little different. With an open brief and a unique bike, Calum Pryce-tid and Des Francis set to work creating a machine that would carry their signature with pride.they started by sorting out the stance of the bike.
Òafter some time measuring various components we started with the front-end swap,ó says Francis. ÒWE switched to a set of Showa forks and custom yokes machined up by Fastec Custom Racing. We then got on the phone to our friends at Maxton who put together one of their RT10 monoshocks with a remote reservoir.ó
With Dymag carbon five-spoke wheels perfecting the stance, they set to work fabricating other elements to give the Buell its definition.
Òthe XB9 is challenging to customise given its unusual frame design,ó says Pryce-tid. Òthe frame is also the fuel tank, so what looks like the tank is just a skin covering the top half of the engine, air filter and battery.ó
The aluminium bodywork was handfabricated and the styling is more Mad Max than the 50s and 60s designs the British pair are commonly known for.
Òthe Buellõs frame/tank design pulled us away from traditional classic design to something more futuristic, so in keeping with this theme we relocated the oil cooler to between the yokes before fabricating the front fairing, finishing it with a vented housing to sit alongside the tunnel housing for the dip and main headlights.ó
The subframe has a line that disappears into the tail section, thanks to the lower mounting position,and the tail unit houses the electrics so the
ECU, fusebox and Motogadget M unit can easily be accessed by removing the seat via a quick-release catch.
The bike has been finished in Harley-davidson dark metallic red, with the frame getting a subtle satin black crackle.
Òthe 1/1 on the tail represents our One of One series of each build being uniqueó adds Pryce-tid. Everything about this Buell screams individuality, power and poise in a beautifully finished bike that dares to be different. Now we just want to ride it.
The low, squat stance was the first design job